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POST-GRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Barcoding downy mildew pathogens of cereals & grasses

Aug 9

Written by: SuperUser Account
8/9/2018 4:50 PM 

Foreign downy mildew diseases that affect corn, sorghum, sugarcane, and other cereals and grasses represent one of the most significant potential threats against U.S. production of staple cereal crops.  We welcome applications for a post-graduate researcher to study these graminicolous downy mildew pathogens.  Research objectives are focused on the global diversity, systematics and molecular evolution of these organisms using next-generation sequencing approaches.

The position is located within the Mycology & Nematology Genetic Diversity & Biology unit of the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, Maryland, 16 miles from Washington, D.C.  Excellent in-house next-generation sequencing and computational resources are available to support robust studies of these destructive pathogens, along with extensive, global collections of dried specimens and outstanding instrumentation for microscopic work.


The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, enthusiastic person with the ambition to gain new insights and to publish papers in leading international journals.  Ph.D. degree preferred, but will consider strong candidates with M.S. degree with relevant experience and the demonstrated ability to independently lead research projects.  Requires experience and training in molecular phylogenetic/evolutionary analyses, preferably skilled at generating and analyzing data from markers using next-generation sequencing tools and bioinformatics approaches.  Experience with plant pathogenic microorganisms, especially oomycetes, is desired.

To apply

Please provide (1) application letter including a statement of interest and a brief summary of your scientific work and interests; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) names & contact info of three references.  Send applications to Jo Anne Crouch, joanne.crouch@ars.usda.gov.

Start date is somewhat flexible and the position will be open until filled.  Ideal start date is October/November 2018, although an earlier start date is possible.  Salary is commensurate with experience, with initial appointment made for one year, and potentially renewable based on successful performance and continued availability of funds. This opportunity is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.


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